Having put 192 on the board, MS Dhoni’s CSK has a mighty task ahead of defending the total in the IPL final, because as of now, KKR look determined with their 9.86 run rate.
As one can imagine, if there is one thing CSK completely can’t afford right, it’s dropping catches. But that is exactly what happened. Venkatesh Iyer got a second life at 0, after his catch was dropped by none other than Dhoni.
Dhoni Dropped Venkatesh Iyer on a duck.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 15, 2021
Dhoni drops a regulation catch 😮— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) October 15, 2021
Iyer was on 0. Next ball goes for six #IPLFinal https://t.co/VvTUb2smLe
People are suggesting that this could potentially change the fate of the match, which if it does, will be heartbreaking for Dhoni who has worked really hard to get his team to the final.
Here’s what people have been saying about the missed opportunity, on Twitter.
Don’t tell me Venkatesh Iyer will take it from here 😵💫— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) October 15, 2021
That drop by dhoni is because ball defied physics. It had dip and swing unconventionally . Have to give it to iyer.— S. (@slaychau) October 15, 2021
Dhoni drops Venkatesh Iyer 😯— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 15, 2021
The next ball? A SIX! #CSKvKKR | #IPLFinal
Venky Iyer is making it count! 😎— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 15, 2021
A nonchalant drive through the covers for his third boundary! 💪#KKR #CSKvKKR #AmiKKR #IPL2021 #IPLFinal
dhoni dropping iyer on zero and a real tough one now is hurting #CSK .#IPL2021Final— Stay Home – Stay Safe – Get Vaccinated 🙏 (@hemangkbadani) October 15, 2021
That drop by dhoni is because ball defied physics. It had dip and swing unconventionally . Have to give it to iyer.#CSKvsKKR #CSK #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/Da01MzQ7wT— R U H E E N A 🦋 (@ruheenakhan22) October 15, 2021
Dhoni missed Catches Stumpings of Williamson Taylor in SF of ODI WC 2019 and India lost— Virarsh (@Cheeku218) October 15, 2021
Today Dhoni dropped Iyer..Let’s see if it will Cost CSK or not
The more iyer will score the more it will hurt me for Dhoni 😓😓— v (@_vimal7) October 15, 2021
Man plssss get him out asap
To be fair, and as pointed out by many, the ball had a strange swing after Iyer hit it, and it is not surprising that it didn’t stay inside the gloves. But on paper, a missed catch is a missed catch, so this is something Dhoni will have to live with.
This must also have been a bummer for the crowd at the stadium, which largely comprises of CSK fans who have poured in, in huge numbers to have one chance of seeing MS Dhoni and team lift the trophy.
Let’s see what the future holds (Iyer has scored 50 already, by the way).